30 November 2012

Liberia: 120 Students On Probation

Over 120 senior students of the Bassa High School in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County 170 miles south-east of Monrovia have been placed on probation for under performance.

The students are also barred from wearing neck-ties until there is improvement in their academic standings during the year. The school, a public institution, took the decisions early this week after noticing severe failure of senior students in almost all of the 10 required subjects during the first marking period test.

The subjects are chemistry, physics, mathematics, English, economic, geography, history, biology, French, and reserve officer training course (ROTC) or physical education (PE).

The administration's action is backed by an agreement between the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) which mandate it to institute punitive measure against students when necessary.

The probationers are among 200 students expected to write the 2012/ 2013 public exams of the West African Examination Council next May. The action against the Bassa students is not the first.

It can be recalled that during academic 2011/2012, over 93 senior students of the same school were punished in similar fashion to the extent that some discontinued with the school.

The standards of education in post-war Liberia have become a point of national concern to the extent that the qualification of most students completing secondary school and preparing for college education is questionable.

Meanwhile, Sen. Milton Findley, Pro-Temp of the Liberian Senate, has promised to pay the WAEC registration fees of both 9th and 12th graders in Grand Bassa County.

Sen. Findley made the gesture Wednesday in Tieway Community in Buchanan while addressing the student community as part of his county tour. Grand Bassa County has 11 high schools, nine (9) of which are in Buchanan, while the rest are located in 2 other districts.

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